Small Batch Jelly, Jam and Marmalade
When you grow your own fruit it’s not always possible to harvest enough for a favorite recipe, so it’s handy to know how to make a small batch of jam or marmalade with what you can harvest. We grow our own Calamondin oranges (in Ohio) and these have been hanging on the tree for a while. I should have picked them weeks ago but, well you know, we were busy. Amazingly, the oranges were still perfect. Last year we made Poppy Seed Rolls with Calamondin Orange Marmalade which you can find here. This year I want to keep some marmalade on hand for guests.
Here is how to make a small batch of Calamondin Orange Ginger Marmalade without adding boxed fruit pectin. You can use any fruit you may have on hand. The key is to use equal amounts of fruit and sugar.
Wash the small, tart oranges and chop in a food processor for a few seconds. (This keeps all of the juice in the bowl instead of leaking across your cutting board and into the sink.) Remove any stray seeds you find. Continue pulsing until evenly chopped.
Finely chop a 1/2 inch slice of peeled fresh ginger and add to the fruit.
Pour all into a measuring cup to see how much you have. This is the amount of sugar you need. (I ended up with 1-2/3 cup of fruit and 1-2/3 cup of sugar).
Pour the fruit mixture and sugar into a stainless steel saucepan.
Bring to a boil and cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While the marmalade is cooking wash a few pint jars, rings and lids. Then turn the jars upside down in an inch or so of water and boil them along with the lids.
The marmalade is ready when the syrup clings to a stainless steel spoon. Scoop up some hot marmalade on a spoon, cool it slightly and pour it into a cup. Does the marmalade sheet across the spoon? Then it’s ready.
Ladle the hot syrup into hot jars and add the lids and screw on the rings.
Place the jars into a hot water bath. Make sure the hot water covers the jars by an inch. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes.
Cool the jars and store for a later use.
Unfortunately, our homegrown, homemade, small batch, Calamondin Orange Ginger Marmalade is all gone or I would give you a taste. We slathered it on homemade Yogurt Crescent Rolls along with scoops of butter. The jars never even made it into the cupboard.
[Just having fun; all photos taken with my iPhone 4s.]